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Old 05-12-2017, 02:47 PM   #1
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Chughes 1983 Patina/Retro/Restoration

So, I picked up this 1983 4x4 Pickup Deluxe last November. It is amazingly original (the tires, battery, and head unit were the only non-OEM things I could find on the truck), and that was the main reason I bought it. I had fixed peoples backyard hackery too many times on past projects, so this was a nice change. The original paint is pretty ratty, but thats kind of what I was looking for, I want to be able to use the truck without feeling bad. My plan is to keep the paint as is, but completely restore the chassis, drivetrain and interior to factory fresh, as well as add some cool retro accessories.

Heres what It looked like when I bought it.









Interior had seen better days







After a lot of cleaning and a little polishing.




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Nice find and welcome to Yotatech!

The ratty paint does carry a certain appeal, but wouldn't hold up very long here in Ohio. Looks like you're somewhere nice and dry out west. If the PO had just waxed it more, the paint would still be intact minus some sun fading, which I also think looks good on trucks.
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Good to see another first gen on here
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Nice find and welcome to Yotatech!

The ratty paint does carry a certain appeal, but wouldn't hold up very long here in Ohio. Looks like you're somewhere nice and dry out west. If the PO had just waxed it more, the paint would still be intact minus some sun fading, which I also think looks good on trucks.
Thanks! I do wish it had a little more paint left. I did find a couple cool tricks for the paint. First I did a light CLR scrub to take care of some of the heavier rust. I also found online that a lot of people use Linseed oil to preserve old cars. I gave it a shot and the results were fantastic. It gave everything an awesome look. We'll see how long it lasts. I may scotch-brite everything and do a clear coat, but idk if I want to do that.
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Welcome to Yotatech. Nice looking first gen, I like the patina. If you do decide to do a clear coat I've heard good things about Squeegs Epoxy clear, from what I've read you can shoot it over bare metal. A guy on another forum I'm on used it on his old ford over the top of surface rust with good results. Look forward to seeing your progress!
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Welcome to Yotatech. Nice looking first gen, I like the patina. If you do decide to do a clear coat I've heard good things about Squeegs Epoxy clear, from what I've read you can shoot it over bare metal. A guy on another forum I'm on used it on his old ford over the top of surface rust with good results. Look forward to seeing your progress!
Awesome. Thanks for the tip. That sounds like just what I would need.
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I found this little 2wd 83 on craigslist for super cheep with a broken timing chain. It had near perfect original seats and a few other small goodies that I needed for the 4wd, so I bought it, fixed the engine, swapped out the seats, steering wheel and guages, stole the console, and a few other small bits, and sold the truck to recoup my money.



At the same time I bit the bullet and ordered a new dash pad from Toyota to replace the cracked one that was on it, as well as painted all of the dash bezels. I also did a leather steering wheel wrap.

Heres the interior as of now. Still needs door panels and carpet, but its way better than it was.



It took me a while to swap all the pins to convert from the Deluxe gauge cluster with no tach to the SR5 with a tack, but I got everything working.



I also spent some time in the engine bay cleaning and painting some parts. Ill be pulling the engine and rebuilding next year, but I wanted to have a clean start.







Next I went down to Arkansas to pick up some goodies from @Jrheingans. He is a super nice guy and gave me a good deal on a roll bar, brush guard, floor pan, OEM radio, the little intake silencer I was missing as well as a few other odds and ends.

I picked up some sweet lights for the roll bar with the old school KC smile face covers.

I also ordered some 79 style SR5 stripes, because my truck had the Extra value package with the earlier style graphics.

Here it is with all the goodies installed.





Im thinking about cutting the second set of supports off of the roll bar for a cleaner look, but I haven't decided.

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That rig looks great. What did you give for the dash pad from Toyota. I wasnt aware they still had any in stock.. Thanks in advance
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That rig looks great. What did you give for the dash pad from Toyota. I wasnt aware they still had any in stock.. Thanks in advance
Thanks! I got it from Toyota Parts Deal for $350 shipped (ouch.) The part number for the brown is 55401-89107-06
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Thats a pretty good price for new. Everyone that has a used one, seems to have a gold plated one. Thanks for the info
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Thats a pretty good price for new. Everyone that has a used one, seems to have a gold plated one. Thanks for the info
Yeah, I think its well worth it, I hate the plastic dash caps that seem to be the only alternative.
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You've been making alot of progress, your truck is looking great, makes me want another first gen bad!!!
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You've been making alot of progress, your truck is looking great, makes me want another first gen bad!!!
Not sure why anyone would want to sell their first gen Toyota
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Those seats are clean!!! Great work so far. I like the way the double row roll bar looks
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Not sure why anyone would want to sell their first gen Toyota
Right? Haha. Although if somebody does want to sell one, I wouldn't mind another...
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Those seats are clean!!! Great work so far. I like the way the double row roll bar looks
Thanks, I was pretty stoked to find them. Even if I did have to buy a whole truck.
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Not sure why anyone would want to sell their first gen Toyota
I've had and sold three of them, wish I had kept the last one the most as it was in the best shape, but they are a little cramped if you want to haul the wife and kids around too, first Gen 4runner fits the bill a little better for me. Still, I'd like to get another one someday maybe as a father/son project when my boy gets a little older.

Chughes, those seats really look great!
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